Fugitive Rousseau: Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom (BOK)

Jimmy Casas Klausen

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Critics have claimed that Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a primitivist who was uncritically preoccupied with "noble savages," and that he remained oblivious to the African slave trade and so used "slavery" and "freedom" callously. Fugitive Rousseau demonstrates why these charges are wrong and argues that a fresh, "fugitive," perspective on political freedom is bound up with the themes of primitivism and slavery in Rousseau's political theory. Rather than tracing Rousseau's arguments primarily to the social contract tradition of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, Jimmy Casas Klausen's Fugitive Rousseau places Rousseau squarely in two imperial contexts, European empire in his contemporary Atlantic world and beyond and Roman imperial philosophy. Rousseauian political freedom cannot be understood without locating Rousseau's figures of savages and slaves on the frontier of European expansion and colonization and in the Enlightenment reception of Roman ideas on slavery and natural humanity. By placing empire front and center, Fugitive Rousseau thus shows how Rousseau's work contributes to an international political theory and is thus not merely a theory of civic obligation and consent. Klausen critically examines Rousseau's arguments on cosmopolitanism and nativism, developed in response to threats to freedom posed by European mobility and commerce, and pushes the cosmopolitan and nativist projects to their logical conclusions to reveal their limitations. Fugitive Rousseau then reconstructs an alternative Rousseauian conception, a fugitive freedom, whereby a people constitutes itself, and affirms its freedom, in flight from domination.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Jimmy Casas Klausen
Marston Book DMARSTO Orphans
ISBN 9780823257294
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 22,9cm x 3,3cm
Vekt 612 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of Western philosophy, Political science & theory, Regional studies